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Survivors in dire need of trauma healing

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 13 2009   /  12:11 pm

Survivors of the strong earthquake that devastated West Sumatra on Sept. 30 will need to receive psychological assistance in the near future, an expert says. Dicky Pelupessy from the University of Indonesia told The Jakarta Post on Monday that such assistance would help people recover from the psychological trauma caused by the violent tremor that left more than 800 dead and damaged more than 200,000 houses and other buildings. Volunteers from the university's School of Psychology have visited Padang and Pariaman, two of the most affected areas, in the aftermath of the 7.6-magnitude quake. "But there is nothing we can do but assess their conditions. People are still focusing on finding lost relatives or finding food and shelter for the night," Dicky said. He added that the volunteers had a program in hand, for adults and children, and would start providing psychologic...